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Gori vatra (2003)

Two years after the Bosnian war, a town that is slowly rebuilding itself must whip together a democracy when it's announced the U.S. President Bill Clinton might be paying a visit.

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Enis Beslagic ...
Bogdan Diklic ...
Zaim
Sasa Petrovic ...
Husnija
Izudin Bajrovic ...
Mugdim
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Hitka
Senad Basic ...
Admir Glamocak ...
Hamdo
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Adnan
Gordana Boban ...
Aleksandar Seksan ...
Pic
Hubert Kramar ...
Almir Cehajic ...
Osman (as Almir Cehajic-Batko)
Ana Vilenica ...
Azra
Amra Kapidzic ...
Amra
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In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there's a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body's missing. Adnan's siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father's decline. It's announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children's choir learns "House of the Rising Sun." Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother's death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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28 April 2004 (France)  »

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€14,006 (Italy) (6 June 2004)
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Waiting for Clinton
7 October 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

On one level, I find Pjer Zalica's "Gori vatra" (called "Fuse" in English) interesting because it shows us a culture that we rarely get to see. But beyond that, I like it's focus on people's lives and associations. The movie portrays a small town in Bosnia. The town has seen its share of problems, and tensions persist between the Bosnians and Serbs. That's when they hear that Bill Clinton will be visiting. Not only does everyone do their darnedest to fix up the town, but a diplomat comes to try and make peace between the Bosnians and Serbs, and some of the characters realize the flaws in their relationships with each other and the come to understand the mistakes that they've made in their lives. All the while, the local children are learning The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" to sing to Clinton. But a surprise lies in wait.

So is the main focus on the results of the 1990s civil war in the Balkans, or on another aspect? Hard to say exactly. But I will say that I admired the movie, as a look at how recent history has affected the people in the region, and as a look at how sudden events throw people's lives into flux. Worth seeing.


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